Memphis is the rudest city in Tennessee, according to recent survey

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By Matt Zajechowski

For those who travel often, experiencing cultural mismatches can be common. Even among cities in the same country, there are differences in local traditions, behaviors, mannerisms, and sayings that can affect our opinions of a place. 

We surveyed over 1,500 residents of the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. and asked them about the rudeness level of their city, including the prominence of certain typically rude behaviors, to help travelers determine what to expect when visiting. Respondents also answered questions about cultural differences abroad. 

Key findings

  • The rudest U.S. cities include Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Memphis, Tennessee, and New York City, New York, according to their own residents.
  • The most common rude behaviors in the US include people being absorbed by their phones, refusing to let people merge in traffic, and being noisy in shared spaces.
  • Memphis ranked highest in five common rude behaviors, the most of any city.
  • Of the total respondents, 76% agree that Americans tend to act rudely when traveling abroad, even if it’s unintentional.

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